The Notebook For Business Users: HP EliteBook 745 G3 – Review

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The HP EliteBook 745 G3 is a popular choice for business users due to the device’s enhanced productivity, reliability, and security.

Whether in the office or on the go, the thin, light body of the HP EliteBook makes is easy to work from wherever you are. The HP EliteBook is designed for businesses to collaborate and grow, and the EliteBook does not disappoint with its various features.

 

AMD Processor & Radeon™ Graphics

 

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The HP EliteBook 745 G3 we tested is powered by an AMD Pro A12-8800B APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) with AMD Radeon™ R7 Graphics. This AMD APU features 12 compute cores (4 CPU, 8 GPU), giving unmatched graphics and compute processing performance for every need.

The fast performance of the AMD processor makes it easy to switch tabs, load YouTube videos, and open up various web pages all at once- which we classed as every day business activity.

The AMD A12 APU is DASH compliant, making it easier to control your fleet without the fear of being locked into propitiatory solutions with additional costs. Laptops that are DASH compliant also deliver admirable security, manageability and virtualization solutions; including anti-theft, TPM, and malware protection.

The AMD Radeon™ R7 Graphics are implemented to ensure a high-quality visual experience for its users, perfect for Skype business meetings and video calling, along with the device’s impressive audio capabilities.

AMD’s HD graphics and superior performance allow business users to host presentations to the high-quality businesses need, which we believe makes it a solid choice for business users looking for a device that supports the execution of everyday tasks.

The new EliteBook G3’s are available with a huge range of options, with up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB HDD, and 512GB SDD. There are also 3G and 4G connectivity options and up to a Quad HD (QHD) touch screen, as well as different screen sizes. HP EliteBook 725 G3 & HP EliteBook 755 G3.

 

Security Features

 

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The HP EliteBook’s many security features make this device a good choice for business users.

The HP Fingerprint Reader (pictured) means the user can set up a fingerprint password instead of typing out a password for access to their device or other programs. The Fingerprint Reader worked well and is a great implementation to protect people’s identities.

Other security features include a TPM 1.2 (with option to upgrade to 2.0 in second half of 2016 via HP Customer Support), integrated smart card reader, Preboot Authentication with a password/smart card, and HP BIOSphere with HP Sure Start. The TPM comes with anti-theft security.

HP TouchPoint Manager puts you in control of your devices, from wherever you are to wherever they are, including group users and changing passwords for access to the device; however, this feature requires purchase of a subscription and is not compatible on all devices and operating systems.

 

Collaboration

 

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The EliteBook 745 G3 comes with tools that are built for business collaboration in and out of the office.

The EliteBook’s 720p integrated webcam, AMD Radeon R7 Graphics, and audio by Bang & Olufsen makes it appropriate for business calls and meetings. These features provide a rich experience for apps such as Skype for Business, encouraging businesses to communicate and collaborate with teams outside the workplace.

HP Noise Reduction Software suppresses noises heard in the background, such as keyboard clicks, which is helpful when on an important call.

The thin, light body of the EliteBook 745 G3 (touch devices: from 1.54kg) is suitable for transportation to and from meetings, making it easier to collaborate when traveling and working on the go.

 

Productivity

 

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The HP EliteBook 745 G3 is a great device for productivity in the workplace, from its features to its affordable price thanks to AMD’s cost-effective processor.

The Notebook is designed to pass MIL STD 810G testing and an additional 120,000 hours of rigorous testing, therefore the device can withstand harsh environments. For business travellers on the go, it’s important to have a durable device that’s going to last.

The many inputs/docks enhance the productivity of the device, such as two 3.0 USB ports, USB-C™ port, DisplayPort, VGA, headphone/microphone jack, and LAN.

The back-lit keyboard makes it easier to see what you’re typing when taking notes in dark presentations or rooms, or when traveling during different times of day. The mouse also enhances productivity as it locks, in order for users to utilise the pointing stick located in the middle of the keyboard; this saves time as it stops your cursor moving when you are typing.

 

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What’s the verdict?

 

The various features of the HP EliteBook 745 G3 makes this notebook a great choice for business users, from its high-level security features, to its slim body, to all-day battery life (8.15hours). The cost-effective AMD high-performance processor is suitable for businesses buying on a budget.

The HP EliteBook 745 G3 is backed-up with 3-year onsite warranty support. Furthermore, AMD offer an 18-month platform stability, 24-month processor longevity, and 36-month warranty.

 

For more product information on the HP EliteBook 745 G3,  click here

If you’re interested in the HP EliteBook range with AMD, click here

If you would like to purchase the HP EliteBook 745 G3 for your business, call our IT specialists on 0870 429 3010 and we’ll be happy to assist with any queries.

 

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